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Angus MacDonald may have established his reputation in the corporate world, but this son of the West Highlands is fast becoming just as well known for his series of novels based around the Ardnish peninsula.
The Secret of Ardnish, the fourth book in the popular series, is officially due to be published in early summer.
However, Mr MacDonald’s publisher has allowed him an early local launch and to that end he will be appearing this Sunday at The Highland Cinema and then again the follow day at the Astley Hall in Arisaig to talk about his latest publication.
Set in 2016, The Secret of Ardnish is more a fast-moving contemporary adventure story with romance than his previous three novels set a century ago.
The story opens in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Young Peter Angus Gillies follows his grandfather’s dying wishes and comes back to the old country, arriving in Arisaig.
Dramas on the Ardnish peninsula and the heroic involvement of local girl Sarah keep the reader guessing.
The author, also the proud owner of The Highland Bookshop and who built The
Highland Cinema in the Fort William, told the Lochaber Times: ‘As with all these books I have tried to keep them authentic.
‘In this book, more than the other three, I am weaving in the strong connection we have with Nova Scotia in Lochaber. Both people sharing the same courteous ways, music and traditional language.
‘Many of you will know all the places in the Rough Bounds, with some local characters included in the storyline too. I have written a script for the same story and am progressing film opportunities – wouldn’t it be great to have an Arisaig-based film, it would be hard to beat the beauty of this area.’
The possibility of the Ardnish stories hitting the big screen could be a strong possibility, with the National Trust Magazine just one of those praising the series, saying: ‘If ever there was a story ready-made for the big screen, the Ardnish trilogy is it: an unforgettable case, heart- thumping adventure and romance, but above all a backdrop of spell-binding beauty’.
Mr MacDonald added: ‘The publisher has allowed me an early local launch, so I will be doing a talk and book signing on Sunday [April 10] at The Highland Cinema at 4pm. Just book on its website.
‘The next day, Monday [April 11], I will be at the Astley Hall, Arisaig at 6pm. Tickets are £5 at the door and funds are being raised for roof repairs for St Mary’s RC church in Arisaig.’